New Football League - Hmmmm ?
Can it cut it ? The AFL was so competitive, the NFL had to merge. The USFL failed. Arena and World football continue to make ends meet. But another pro league using 2nd tier talent? If anything, it will drive the contracts values up for lower draft choices and presumably will drive top tier draftees to a higher scale. Or, could this become the minor league for the NFL allowing non-collegiate players to be drafted including those right out of high school. Right now there is no alternative for the non-academic athlete and with the APR rating in the NCAA, coaches are getting very selective. This would probably would have been an ideal alternative for a Maurice Clarett.
"Updated: 9:42 p.m. ET May 30, 2007
CHICAGO - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is part of a group considering formation of a football league that would compete with the NFL for players drafted lower than the second round.
The league, still very much in the preliminary stage, would play its games on Friday nights. The NFL does not play then because of the potential conflict with high school football.
?It?s a pretty simple concept,? Cuban said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. ?We think there is more demand for pro football than supply.?
Re: New Football League - Hmmmm ?
Then there was the ill-fated PSFL -- Professional Spring Football League -- it was set to play in a non-traditional season, but never made it to the first week.
I like obscure, random leagues, like the WLAF, now NFL Eurpoe and how leagues like that can make NFL also-rans into starts, at least for a day.
Stan Gelbaugh, MVP of the initial WLAF season for the London Monarchs (great name) was mired with mediocricy, if that, in the NFL.
Jim Harbaugh once played for the Chicago Bruisers of the Arena Football League. Art Schliester, best known for gambling his life away, was an AFL legend for the Detroit Drive. I actually liked it when ESPN would play those old games late at night, I'd catch the Chicago Bruisers vs. Pittsburgh Gladiators with Adrian Karsten (rip) or some lame-o one the call, trying to break into broadcasting by doing tape-delayed arena football on some all-sports cable network.
Here's the wiki on the PSFL
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